North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Nonresident Licenses

 A $2 transaction fee as mandated by NCGS 113-270.1B may apply at time of license purchase.

Hunting and Fishing – Short-term Cost

Hunting—10-Day (basic)
Statewide hunting during the 10-day period specified on the license. Additional privilege licenses.

$60
$60 GA
$75 SC
$70 TN
$110 VA

Inland Fishing 10-Day (basic)
Statewide inland fishing during the 10-day period specified on the license. Includes fishing in joint waters. It does not include fishing in coastal waters. Additional privilege licenses.

$18

Coastal Recreational Fishing 10-Day
Authorizes fishing in coastal and joint waters during the 10-day period specified on the license. It does not authorize fishing in inland waters.

$10
A $2 transaction fee as mandated by NCGS 113-270.1B may apply at time of license purchase.

Hunting - Annual

Hunting - Annual Cost
Hunting (basic)
Statewide hunting during a license term. Additional privilege licenses.
$ 80
$100 GA
$125 SC
$ 90 TN
$110 VA
 
Controlled Hunting Preserve Hunting
Needed for those 16 years of age or older, regardless of residency, to hunt fox or pen-raised game birds on a licensed commercial hunting preserve. This license is not necessary for those who hold a valid Basic Hunting, Comprehensive Hunting, Sportsman, or Lifetime License that authorizes hunting. And likewise, it is not necessary for those who hold a valid Controlled Hunting Preserve Hunting License to purchase any other hunting license when hunting on a licensed preserve.
 
$20 
 

Fishing - Annual

Fishing - Annual Cost

Inland Fishing (basic)
Statewide inland fishing during a license term. Includes fishing in joint waters. It does not include fishing in coastal waters. Additional privilege licenses.

$36

Special Inland Fishing Devices
Authorizes the taking of nongame fishes from inland waters (does not include joint and coastal waters) during designated seasons with seines, cast nets, gill nets, dip nets, bow nets, reels, gigs, spear guns, baskets, fish pots, eel pots, traps, and hand-crank electrofishers where authorized by local law. Includes the sale of these nongame fishes. Taking of nongame fishes with archery equipment is authorized under any of the licenses providing basic hunting or inland fishing privileges. Certain special devices may be used to take nongame fishes for bait or personal consumption using any valid license that provides basic inland fishing privileges.

$500

Coastal Recreational Fishing
Authorizes fishing in coastal and joint waters during a license term. It does not authorize fishing in inland waters.

$30

Trapping - Annual

Trapping - Annual

Cost

Trapping (basic)
Statewide trapping during a license term. Additional privilege licenses.

$125
            
  • Lifetime licenses are valid for the lifetime of the license-holder.
  • Additional privilege licenses may be required with a basic license.
  • Infant, Youth, and Disabled Lifetime Licenses cannot be purchased online. Infant and youth applications must be received at WRC Headquarters or processed at a Wildlife Service Agent no later than the day before the child turns 1 or 12 years of age. Applications received on or after the child’s 1st or 12th birthday CANNOT be processed as an infant or youth license. A copy of the birth certificate must accompany applications for infant and youth licenses.
  • A $2 transaction fee as mandated by NCGS 113-270.1B may apply at time of license purchase. 

 

Hunting & Inland Fishing - Lifetime Nonresident Cost

Sportsman (ages 12 & older)

Statewide hunting and inland fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters. It does not include fishing in coastal waters.

$1200

Sportsman (ages 1–11)

Statewide hunting and inland fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters. It does not include fishing in coastal waters.

$350

Sportsman (under age 1)

Statewide hunting and inland fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters. It does not include fishing in coastal waters.

$200

 

Hunting, Inland and Coastal Fishing - Lifetime Nonresident Cost

Unified Adult Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing (ages 12 & older)

Statewide hunting, inland and coastal recreational fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters.

$1550

Unified Youth Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing (ages 1–11)

Statewide hunting, inland and coastal recreational fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters.

$450
Unified Infant Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing (under age 1)

Statewide hunting, inland and coastal recreational fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters.
$275

 

Coastal Recreational Fishing - Lifetime Nonresident Cost

Adult Coastal Recreational Fishing (ages 12 & older)

Authorizes fishing in coastal and joint waters. It does not authorize fishing in inland waters.

$500

Youth Coastal Recreational Fishing (ages 1–11)

Authorizes fishing in coastal and joint waters.  It does not authorize fishing in inland waters.

$150

Infant Coastal Recreational Fishing (under age 1)

Authorizes fishing in coastal and joint waters. It does not authorize fishing in inland waters.

$100